What makes where you are living HOME?
Many people move to have a better job, to be closer to family, to gain experience. The trend of the 21st century is these modern nomads. In such situations, the idea of ‘HOME Sweet HOME’ grows in importance. Yet, HOME is much more than a stylish apartment or a beautiful house. HOME integrates close relationships, familiar environment, the tactile senses of holiday seasons and family traditions.
In the current environment HOME is not a place; it is a state of mind where you long to be.
When you move, many little things that constitute HOME get lost, whereby the family is forced to take over. The Family becomes HOME. In this situation it is very important to maintain an atmosphere of love, trust and respect. When the family provides support, we are healthier and happier; we confidently go out and explore the new world.
Cross Cultural Kids
Witness the rise of a new generation: Children that spend a significant period of their developmental years outside their parents “passport” culture, children whose parents come from two different cultures, children of immigrants or refugees, international adoptee and / or cultural minorities.
From the age of 5- to 12-years basic values, rules, and core relationships – with other people and to the world – are being shaped. Children integrate the experiences of their host culture with their knowledge from their home culture. They develop their own life patterns that are dissimilar from those of monoculture kids. Where do they belong? How do they cope?
Moving is not always easy. At a time when the environment is shaky and unpredictable, children need a stable HOME to support their first steps in this new situation. They can then develop the courage to be themselves.
- How does Bilingualism affect my child’s cognitive development and performance?
- Is there a correlation between bilingualism and intelligence?
- What language should my child start with?
- Is it better to learn two languages simultaneously or to learn consecutively?
- Is there a possibility of language impairment?
The many questions surrounding the consequences of growing up and communicating in more than one language are not rare. The majority (65%) of citizens in the European Union countries are bilingual. Based on a sufficient amount of international research, answers are available. Do not hesitate to contact IIPB to find the best way to guide your bilingual child. The world is our home.